Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Public asset management: Empirical evidence from the state governments in the United States
by Lu, Yaotai, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2011, 295; 3462573
Abstract (Summary)

Public asset management is a critical component of the financial integrity of government. However, in practice, problems exist in the field of public asset management at different levels of government in the United States. This research explores the management of public fixed assets owned, controlled and used by state governments in America. It attempts to answer two major questions: (1) What are the characteristics of a modern public asset management system based on the available literature? and (2) How do public asset management practices at the U.S. state government compare to the system standard described in the first question?

Based on systems theory and current research on public asset management and public procurement systems, this research develops an intellectual framework of a public fixed asset management system. This system is composed of six interdependent cornerstones, including legal and regulatory requirements, organization structure, management process throughout the life cycle of assets, human capital strategies, information and technology resources, and monitoring, integrity, and transparency. Each cornerstone consists of a number of components that reveal the underlying working principles of the relevant cornerstone and together determine the standards of fixed asset management in the relevant area. Survey results demonstrate that state governments fundamentally satisfy the standards identified in the fixed asset management system. However, certain problems obviously exist in the area of each cornerstone. In addition, survey results reveal that the six cornerstones of fixed asset management system are interrelated with one another. In most states, when a management element in the area of one cornerstone is widely implemented, the relevant management elements in areas of other cornerstones are employed and vice versa.

A major contribution of this research is the development of a fixed asset management system. State and federal governments may compare their fixed asset management to the standards identified in this system. Local governments may find appropriate management components to adapt to their characteristics from this system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thai, Khi V.
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Public administration, Public policy
Keywords: Financial reporting, Fixed assets, Leasing, Management system, Public assets, State government, Valuation
Publication Number: 3462573
ISBN: 9781124720289